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Another Finished Gift!

Whew…. Just in time!

Just finished putting the buttons on the Huggable Kid’s Vest. I cannot tell you the joy, the satisfaction that I am experiencing right now. To take something that you’ve made with your own hands and to lovingly place it into a box with tissue paper, and then wrap it in Christmas paper. Didn’t have a bow so I tied a small stuffed snowman as the center of a tied bow. Again, I can’t explain this feeling. I lovingly looked down out my little pink vest and it was like I was sending my child out into the world. It’s pink, it’s fuzzy and boy, is it heavy. I was amazed at how heavy it really is. It was knit by holding one strand, each, of LB Fancy Fur and KP Crayon yarns and knit as one.
Isabella's VestI even knit a button band! Something I never thought I’d do because I didn’t think it was an important part of a pattern. Yep, ignorance is bliss until you try to make something. Now I can see that the function of a button band is so that the two side halves will fit together at the bottom point… that is, if the pattern has a point bottom, front. So far, I don’t know if there is any other reason for it. I could not get the buttons I wanted for this project. I wanted gold buttons, but I did not bring the vest with me when I went shopping and I was left guessing.

I was also concerned about buttons adding more confusing to a busy color pattern. Fancy Fur has blobs of color sprinkled throughout, so MC was pink with spots of blue, pink, yellow, aqua… etc. I finally got plain see through buttons with a colored, shiny finish. Know what I mean? Probably not, but I’ll make sure to take a close up of it when the recipient tries it on. Then I put a mauve, matte finish, resin rose button at the very top. Partially because the other buttons came two on a card, and needed a fifth… (that’s how they get ya) and partially because I love the look of having a unique button, out of place, on my tops. I’ll replace buttons like that for the heck of it… but that is not everyone’s taste. I’ll offer to sew on a matching one at the top if they want…. yes, I’ll have to go back for more buttons.

Isabella's Vest2Sigh. I just hope that Isabella likes it, and I hope it FITS her. She is the little girl upstairs from us and sometimes I baby sit her on Saturdays. I don’t have any pics right now, but I hope to snap a pic of her wearing it. It will be touch and go because they don’t get in until late. I just hope that she is awake enough. If not, I might have to wait until after Christmas to even give it to her.

Edited 12/23/07 10:21pm: Queen Isabella says she feels like a movie star in her new vest! I guess she LIKES it! She’s a real cutie pie.

Nanny's Magic SocksI have about one inch left on the magic socks… my first pair of socks. That, in itself, is exciting… but it looks as if I’ll be knitting them while at my dad’s house on Christmas Eve so that when we get to DH’s sister’s we can give them to my mom-in-law on Christmas Day.

Sweater Bag

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What is left for tonight is trying to insert lining into a felted sweater tote bag that I originally made for myself, but then to my horror, my dad’s wife took a liking to it, so I think I’ll give it to her for Christmas. That bag is tremendous and I’m a little disappointed, but it means a whole lot more to me to give it to someone that I am pretty sure will love it.

Edited 12/24/05~3:41am: OMG! Just finished this bag and I absolutely love it, despite all my mistakes and cockeyed sewing…. without pins, I might add! I really wish I were keeping it, but I’ll just go out and look for another sweater. Definitely a learning experience! The handles are not really icord because when I made them, I didn’t know what icord was, or how it should be constructed…. NOW I know. So, I twisted the flat straps to make a nice spiral. Oh, I did add a pocket to cover up that neck hole… that is something I won’t do again, leaving in the neck. Now, I’ve gotta get some sleep!

I’ll have up-to-date pics hopefully after the Christmas holiday.

Cheers!

Sunday, December 23, 2007 ~ Posted by | Gift Knitting, Knitting, Patterns | , , , , | Leave a comment

Two FO’s

Finally completed two projects… well one is partially completed, but I can wear half of it while working on the other half!

Silky ClocheFirst is a Christmas gift started in September, the Silky Cloche, from “Hooked Hats~20 Easy Crochet Projects”. I started it at my very first meeting with my crochet group, SAH “Sunday Afternoon Hookers”. They are a great bunch of women and we just had our Christmas Party, and I completed the hat during our party… one day before I need to gift it during another Christmas party on Tuesday. Wow. See the white rose? It came out kind of tight, but I think it will be okay. I need to experiment with hooks.

This project started out as something called a “Scrap Wrap” from Gritty Knits. After casting on the Rx’d number of stitches, I realized that it was going to be too thin for a wrap, so I frogged and cast on double the stitches needed… well, it’s still too thin. I like my things big because I like to feel all snuggly. The colors I began working with, then continued with, remind me of stained glass. Then I found LB’s Fun Fur in “Stained Glass” and decided to just stick with those colors in the fun fur… though I do have a pink.

I was going for the stained glass effect, as you can see by all the framing done in black, but not for each stripe. I crocheted a simple black border. I’ve decided to cast on another scarf and then graft them together. The best thing is that I can still use my scarf, and I have, by wearing it to SAH’s Christmas party. The minute it sits on my shoulders, I can feel the warmth, which is amazing because over 90% of this scarf is done with Red Heart acrylics. I really love a stash bust’in project. I am also working on a striped blanket, which started out as a poncho, but it got too heavy. I goofed on the rows and the work got wide enough to put on my bed! No pictures yet.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007 ~ Posted by | Crochet, Patterns | , , , | Leave a comment

Jo Ann Fabrics Refuses Restroom Access?

As a preface, I’d like to say that I frequent Jo Ann’s and have never had a problem gaining access to the store’s bathroom, here in NJ. One thing I’ll say is that they have one of the filthiest facilities that I’ve ever been to…. but at least they let me use them.

Edited December 22, 2007:  I just want to clarif y that the story below is not my own experience.   I found the article below on Digg.com and posted it here.

I was shopping in the Jo-Ann Fabrics store in Logansport, Indiana. While shopping I suddenly experienced unexpected and intense diarrhea. I approached an employee and asked her if I could use the rest room. She said she was not allowed to let me use it…”

It gets worse…much worse

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Monday, December 10, 2007 ~ Posted by | Knitting | , | 4 Comments

Potty Head

elmopottytimeFirst thing I want to say is that I am posting this on both my blogs. Readers of DragonKnits, please be patient. I am including it there for the reason that there is Ravelry info on it. I know, I’m too lazy to pen a separate post. I probably could, and maybe will keep that in mind, but I have no idea if I will have the time to do that later.

My sincere apologies for not coming out of the closet sooner… so to speak. It’s kind of hard to concentrate with “Elmo’s Potty Time” echoing in my head all day long… but I’m desperate! There have been several times I had ideas and inspiration to write, but just as fast as they surface, they fade out during my day. I most certainly have that I’ve heard termed as “Mom’s Memory”. If you say it doesn’t exist, well, it doesn’t… the memory, that is.

Oh, before I forget. Ravelry is a community in beta stage right now; which means that you need an invitation to join. More and more invitations are being sent out weekly, the fastest yet. Jess and Casey, the owners of Ravelry, are putting together an Open House tentatively set for January. This will be a period of time when anyone will be able to access the site, with limited capabilities. I am thinking that it will be for more than just one day, but I do not know the details yet. I will be sure to post details as they come through.

As you might know, part of the reason that I am late getting back to blogging here is my involvement with Ravelry, a community of knitters. I should really say “Fiber Artists”, as there are people there from all walks of the fiber world: Knitters, crocheters, spinners, weavers, dyers, people raising the fiber animals, LYS people (Local Yarn Store). We all come from different walks of life, yet we have a bond. There are hundreds of groups on this community and I belong to something like 80 (+ or -).

As a matter of fact, I belong to several forums online. Well, I’ve gotten in trouble on one of them. Not really a big thing, but it’s gotten me thinking and I do not think that I should air them there… so I’ll air them here. It’s risky business as it’s a controversial subject. As such, I just can’t seem to put together a decent post; and is taking me longer than usual to write. Even with this additional time, I can’t guarantee that it will be agreeable to everyone, but that is to be expected. I just don’t want to get into a heated debate about it. I just want to air my views, and will be willing to discuss them, but I don’t want to argue. This is why I hesitate. What I am going to do is complete my writing, then decide if I still want to take the plunge and publish. I feel that I have the benefit of both perspectives of this topic, but others do not agree. Therein lies the possible storm. Maybe they are right; but on the other side, I believe that they have limited perspective, while I have the benefit of both- at different times in my life. They do not agree.

So I will do my best to be objective, yet get my opinions out, too. This could prove to be a confusing post to read, but this is why I am taking my time about it. Okay, that’s enough for now. Sorry to be so mysterious, but if I even mention it, I might just explode into sharing more than I really want to right now.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007 ~ Posted by | Personal | Leave a comment

Christmas Knitting….

Is another reason why I’ve not been able to get back here. Good Grief!

I am struggling through a clapotis scarf for a friend. I’m making it with Wool of the Andes, Blue Bonnet yarn. I really love the color. The problem is that I’m running out of steam. I am bored to tears! A cloche made with matching yarn was in the works, but has stopped because I wanted to finish the clap first, to make sure that I had enough wool. Now, I’m going to have to finish the hat, regardless, because that clap is not getting done before Christmas. So, at least I’ll have the hat.

Harry Potter ScarfNext thing I’m working on, and have only just started this week, is a Hogwarts scarf for our nephew. I feel horrible because this is not the scarf I wanted to knit TWO years ago! I wanted to design a logo that shows the logo for his hockey team. I’ve not learned how to do colorwork yet, so I had to compromise and do “something”. The problem is that I am sure that his brother would like this scarf better than him, and I definitely do not have the time to knit two scarves. As you can see, I am knitting it in the round and so, will take a mite longer than a normal knit scarf. They live in NH so, it’s the least I can do… LOL… Anyway, my goal is to knit at least one stripe a day, and it should be good to go before xmas, right?

DressIn the midst of all this, I have been crocheting some sweater dresses for Hugs4Hope, a group dedicated to supplying hospitals with items for newborn preemies and full term babies.  I love this pattern and can almost make a whole dress without looking at the pattern… so cool.  As a matter of fact, the jacket from the green outfit for my new niece, is a modification of this same pattern… I just didn’t make the skirt part.

Oh, another gift I am making, and is almost finished, is a cute kid’s vest I am making for Isabella, the little girl I babysit sometimes.  She lives right upstairs and I just had to make something.  This happens to be my first foray into following a pattern for an actual garment.  I will have to update this post to post a pic as I do not have an up-to-date one  that illustrates the garment… wow, did I say g-a-r-m-e-n-t ?

There is a whole slew of things I want to start.  Being on Ravelry is not helping matters.  I love that place.  In case I have not posted it already, my name there is DebbieKos.  Recently, I’ve become a volunteer editor and, most recently, a co-moderator of a group there.  Should be fun.  I do also have my own group that is geared towards identifying those oddball yarns, called, what else but “Mystery Yarn”.  I thought a group like that would be needed in a fiber community.  I am amazed at how resourceful and creative one sometimes must be in order to just find out what kind of yarn one has.

Last Thanksgiving we had some of both families here, at our house.  I thought it might be fun to give out favors… or something to thank everyone for coming.  After a long story, I decided to crochet dishcloths, and this is the Diamond Dishcloth.  Great pattern and very easy to make.  I made eight of them and arranged them in a small yellow basket so that they resembled flowers, and had that on the table all night.   I wish I had stopped to take a picture!  Alas, no.  Maybe when I get more made for myself, I’ll do that again, but it still would not be the same, know what I mean?  As a matter of fact, I took NO pictures that day… nada.  What the heck is wrong with me?  Just a busy, busy gal, I guess… with brains of jello.  I’ve decided that I need to make at least one of each color I made for Thanksgiving.  So bad, as this was meant to be a DE-stashing exercise.

Debbie’s Booga Bag

I guess you guys never saw THIS… my beautiful Booga Bag!  Made with Araucania Nature Wool Chunky.  I do not believe the colors are named, just numbers.  Too bad.  I would put a link to the pattern, but not sure if I can.  The pattern states:   This pattern is for personal use only. It may not be copied and distributed in any way and bags cannot be made from this pattern and then sold.  So, I’ll just tell you that I got it from “Black Sheep Bags dot com“.  I actually made that “thing” that is hanging off the bag.  It’s supposed to be some sort of clasp to hold the flap down.  Just something I flubbed…. buuut… I still love my bag!  I will NEVER, EVER give this one away!  I’m in love!

Until next time, KNIT ON!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007 ~ Posted by | Knitting | , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments